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Somerset Historic Environment Record


Site Name: Clatworthy Camp, Clatworthy
SCHEDULED MONUMENT: Clatworthy Hillfort [No:435]
Civil Parish: Clatworthy
Grid Ref: ST 046 315 (ST 03 SW)
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Image: Image of HER 33467 - Photo by Somerset County Council (29 March 1977)
  HER 33467 - Photo by Somerset County Council (29 March 1977)

Public access:

The public accessibility of this site is unknown but it should be visible from a public right of way. Please assume that the site is private property. (On the route of a nature trail running through land belonging to Wessex Water.). [Information last updated on 16 December 2002]


Roughly triangular enclosure with rounded apex at the W end, occupying the end of a long ridge which falls steeply on the N and W sides. Main defence is a bank of earth and stones with a ditch below, except on the S where the defence is a sharp ditch. The original entrance is on the SW and there is another at the SE corner where the bank has been altered by agricultural operations. {1}

Univallate hillfort with the main entrance on the SE (not SW as above). It is inturned but mutilated by agricultural work. Another gap to the W may also be original. {2}

Earthworks are much damaged by badgers on the E and by agriculture on the S. Ditch is steep sided and cut into the solid rock and there is a marked quarry scoop to the rear of the bank on the W and N sides. Examination of the body of the rampart in a badger scrape revealed a stratum of iron panning 1.5m below the crest. Above this the bank material was compact shale. Simple entrance gap at the W apex and another in the centre of the E side - this may be recent as it is not mentioned in published accounts, although it appears to predate a hedge bank on the outer lip of the ditch. {3}

N, W and SW sides have a rampart 10 yards wide, 6ft high (from the inside) and 18ft high from the base of the ditch. The ditch is 4ft deep and 10ft wide. Much is thickly overgrown. {4}


1 Description - Page, W. Victoria History of the County of Somerset.  Vol. 2 (1911), 489-90. Copy held in Local Studies collection at Somerset Heritage Centre.
2 Detailed records - Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division record card. Record ID: ST 03 SW 4 (1965) Location: HER file. HER digital source: 1970.
3 Description - Burrow, I. Hillfort and Hilltop Settlement in the First to Eighth Centuries AD.  (1981), 212-213. British Archaeological Reports 91.
4 Detailed records - Various. Department of the Environment and English Heritage (1980s) Location: HER collections.
5 Mention - Allcroft, AH. Earthworks of England.  (1908), 75.
6 Mention - Burrow, EJ. Ancient Earthworks and Camps of Somerset.  (1924), 78-79.
7 Aerial photographs - 3.6.6-8. (July 1979) Location: Historic Environment Service slide collection at Somerset Heritage Centre.
8 Mention - Pevsner, N. The Buildings of England: South and West Somerset.  (1958), 126. Copy held in HER collections.
9 Aerial photographs - 3.6.3-5. (March 1977) Location: Historic Environment Service slide collection at Somerset Heritage Centre.

Record created in March 1984

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